Ego Is Not a Bad Thing

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What's does the word "ego" mean? How does it make you feel? Is "ego" a positive or negative word?

A Google search provides this definition:

  1. A person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance: "a boost to my ego".
  2. The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.
  3. An overly high opinion of oneself.

Among these, only the third definition is commonly considered a negative one. And for good reason - no one likes an egotist.

As we have shared our vision of Egowall with others, we have received a lot of feedback about the name itself. People have challenged us, asserting that ego is a negative concept.

But it really isn't.

In a 2012 blog post, author Howard Falco challenges the conventional thinking that ego is necessarily a bad thing.

Falco claims that "[y]our ego is the mechanism — an automatic process that occurs from within you — that drives the actions you take that attempt to nurture [the seeds that contain what you intend to “be” each day] into full experience and realization."

And then he quotes from his book on the topic: "The ego’s mission is to take the beliefs of the self and turn them into the experience of the self.”

Falco's focus on the concept of ego addresses it from a spiritual perspective.

And while Egowall does not, it does represent a unique opportunity to turn the "experience of the self" into an electronic representation of one's identity.

A significant part of each person's self is derived from their individual achievements and memories. Egowall provides a way to document and share those things with friends, family, and colleagues - the people that care the most.

Register for Egowall today and find out what we mean.